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Michael Morrissey, PhD, has served as Executive Vice President of Discovery at Exelixis since January 2006. Previously he served as Senior Vice President of Discovery from January 2003 through December 2005 and Vice President of Discovery Research from February 2000 through December 2002. From 1991 to 2000, Dr. Morrissey held several positions at Berlex Biosciences, last holding the position of Vice President, Discovery Research, where he was responsible for all aspects of drug discovery. During this time, Dr. Morrissey led the effort to expand and modernize the drug discovery capabilities at Berlex through the application of high throughput screening, combinatorial and medicinal chemistry, and structural biology. From 1986 to 1991, he served as a senior scientist and project team leader in medicinal chemistry at CIBA-Geigy Corporation, a pharmaceutical company. Over the past eighteen years, Dr. Morrissey has led discovery efforts that identified thirteen clinical candidates, including four have advanced to Phase II clinical trials for a variety of cardiovascular and inflammatory indications. He is the author of numerous scientific publications in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery, and an inventor on 52 issued US patents and 18 additional published US patent applications. Dr. Morrissey received his PhD in Chemistry from Harvard University and his BS Honors in Chemistry from the University Wisconsin.